Post-election Message to Christians
I didn’t support either candidate, but I am shocked that Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States of America. I certainly thought Hillary Clinton would win and I’d be serving as a peacemaker to disgruntled conservatives considering rebellion.
But perhaps even moreso, I am absolutely shocked and appalled at how Christians are responding on social media.
To Christian Clinton Supporters
I know you’re upset. I’m sure that you, like I, have seen the countless facebook posts, tweets, and articles articulating a fearful response to the impending political overhaul. I have three responses, particularly to those who claim to be Christian and reacting in this way.
1. Stop Exaggerating the Narrative
Not all Trump supporters are racist, xenophobic, islamophobic, homophobic, white supremacists wanting to repeal the civil rights movement. In fact, the vast majority are simply faithful Republicans with a different political ideology, who believe in small government and conservative economics, and are just tired of big government overreach and political insider collusion. Understand the differences, and don’t breed hate.
2. Ask “Why” and Listen
If someone you know voted for Trump, it doesn’t mean they’re racist or want to deport muslims. Don’t blame them for their vote – Instead, reach out to them. Buy them a coffee and have a conversation. Ask them WHY they were able to look past Trump’s language and behavior and what they’re looking forward to. And listen, with an open mind, instead of refuting.
3. Be the Church
Christ is Lord! Not Caeser. Not Obama. Not Trump.
Government politics is certainly one way to enact change, progress, and hope. But the primary agency of God is the Church, not the State! The Church is the place where Christ transforms people, culture, and institutions. If you’ve placed your faith in Barack Obama, the Supreme Court Nominations, in Hillary Clinton, in the NYSE, or any other institution, repent and turn back to Jesus. Be the Church and allow Christ to reign in your life and transform our culture from the Church outward.
To Christian Trump Supporters
Congratulations. Your candidate won. So like Micah 6:8 says, act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. I have three responses for you all as well.
1. Stop Vilifying Liberals
Not all who voted for Hillary Clinton are politically corrupt, morally debunked, socialist, welfare abusing, fear-mongering liberals wanting to live off of the hard work of others. In fact, the vast majority of Democrats simply believe in empowering greater government influence to regulate businesses and institutions and to protect a pluralistic culture’s freedoms. Understand your differences, but don’t breed hate.
2. Try to Understand the Fear
You might not understand it; you might think people are exaggerating. But whether legitimate or not, groups of people are feeling afraid for their civil rights, personal security, and social regression. Instead of ignoring them, rejecting them, or slandering them, LISTEN to them. If someone you know voted for Clinton, buy them a coffee and have a conversation. Ask them WHY they were able to look past Clinton’s mistrust, records, and negligence in voting, and WHY they are afraid of Trump’s presidency. And listen, with an open mind, instead of refuting.
3. Be the Church
Christ is Lord! Donald Trump is President, not King. He is not a savior, and he is not the one to bring about transformation in society. If you are putting your hope in our political system to change the culture, you will be sorely disappointed.
Even moreso, as our divided nation struggles with fear of oppression and regression, be agents of peace! Be the Church who welcomes ALL people with open arms.
Care for others not like you; minister to the homeless, the refugee, and the socially marginalized. If you find your heart leaning toward an exuberantly proud conservative Nationalism, repent and turn back to Jesus, the true King. The primary agency of God is the Church, not the State! Be the Church and allow Christ to transform the culture by creating safe places for all people.
To Christians Who Supported Neither Candidate
My people. We have an obligation as those who stand in the gap, who shared in the conviction of not being able to vote for either of these two candidates.
We need to be peacemakers, bridge builders, and conversation starters.
We need to be the active healers, to encourage cross-aisle listening, and create safe spaces for those who feel afraid and oppressed.
We need to be a witness to Jesus’ kingship and a prophetic voice to the culture.
Most of all, as we stand in the middle, we need to be ambassadors of Christ’s love.
Don’t be silent. Your calming presence is needed. Be a peacemaker.
May God bless America, help our nation heal its divisions, keep us safe in this season, and bring us peace.
About the Author
Kevin Cook is a 4th year student at Asbury Theological Seminary and an Aspirant for Ordination in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). After graduating, Kevin hopes to plant a contemporary three-streams Anglican Church. He and his wife Nicole attend Wilmore Anglican Church in Kentucky.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Business Administration from Florida State University. Kevin enjoys playing music and leading worship, reading fiction and spiritual classics, drinking coffee, and spending time with family and friends.
I didn't support either candidate, but I am shocked that Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States of America. I certainly thought Hillary Clinton would win and I'd be serving as a peacemaker to disgruntled conservatives considering rebellion. But perhaps even moreso, I am absolutely shocked and appalled at how Christians... continue
It has been one year since our adoption journey began! Nicole and I made this video to share an update about what God has been doing with us. Please share this message of life, love, and hope! #attemptsomethingbig And if you are considering abortion, or know someone considering abortion, we would... continue
We've all been witnesses to the catastrophic nightmare we call a presidential election this year. I've had and observed several conversations about religion and politics over the past couple months. I've noticed a growing cynicism toward government and politics, especially among Millennials and Christians, who literally feel stuck with this year's... continue